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Winter view on the farm

A reflection by Allison Houghton, Greater Boston CSA Manager
 


I am constantly being reminded of how many animals live on or near a farm’s borders, even in winter. Recently, on the Lincoln farm, I saw a red fox hiding amongst our cabbages. I imagine it must have been waiting for rabbits or field mice to emerge from hiding. It was fun to watch him sit up and stare back at us as we came closer. Then quick as anything, it leapt to its feet and rushed off towards the cover of trees, its red tail flowing behind him like a banner.
 

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Healthy Food and Funding Priorities

Why we need a National Food Policy, by James Harrison, Acting Director of The Food Project

I had the opportunity to hear Rep. Chellie Pingree from Maine speak about food policy at the Growing Power Conference, ”Urban & Small Farms: “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People” in November which I attended with The Food Project’s Root Crew members Debbie J. and Dom N. During her keynote presentation, Congresswoman Pingree shared this infographic.



 

This illustration is an amazingly simple and clear depiction of the profound disconnect between what we know to be true about the importance of healthy food vs. what our government is currently prioritizing and funding. The costs of this failure and disconnect are staggering and are paid for with the health of the land and in human lives.     

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Application for Seedling Production Space Now Open!

For the fourth year running, the Dudley Greenhouse welcomes applications from community groups and residents who would like to apply to use free bench space in the Dudley Greenhouse to start seedlings for their community-based projects.

In addition to the tens of thousands of seedlings that we will start for The Food Project's own farms and for sale at our spring City Farm Fest seedling sale, we are pleased to make room for community-geared projects in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Although we unfortunately cannot accommodate individual growers starting seedlings for their home use, we hope you will consider supporting the Greenhouse at our annual City Farm Fest seedling sale in May 2015.

Click here to view the application for seedling production space. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 16, 2015.

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Where do we go from here?

A message from The Food Project's Acting Executive Director J. Harrison in light of last night's decision from the Ferguson Grand Jury.

Over the coming days, weeks, and months, The Food Project community will wrestle with the same questions we will continue to face as a country:  Where do we go from here? How do we address inequity and racism? How do we build enough shared understanding across difference to be able to move forward together? What is the right work?

These questions are daunting in this time of hurt and anger, and we have to believe that the work we do together at The Food Project is part of the right work. 

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"Massachusetts Grown and Growing"

It's a good time for New England agriculture. While the number of farms declines nationally—95,000 fewer farms exist in the U.S. in 2013 than in 2007—New England farms have seen a 5 percent growth over that same time period, according to USDA census data described by the Associated Press. Many of these new farms are less than 50 acres.

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Remembering Mayor Menino

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Thomas M. Menino, who was a great champion and friend of our work in the city of Boston. Thank you, Mayor Menino, for all that you did for Boston. We send our deepest condolences to the Menino family. 

Thomas M. Menino pictured here at a Farm Lunch, which he attended every year. (Summer 2013)

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Important News from The Food Project

James Harrison
James Harrison
James (J.) Harrison, current North Shore Regional Director for The Food Project and ten-year veteran of the organization, will step in for Executive Director, Selvin Chambers, who has taken a role with The Trustees of Reservations. J. begins his tenure as the Acting Executive Director of The Food Project on October 6.

“After ten years at The Food Project, I am still continually amazed by the transformations that happen here on a daily basis. Young people from across the divides of race, class, gender, and geography come to The Food Project not sure of how they fit into the world, and emerge as strong, confident leaders and agents of change,” J. said. “The Food Project is a place of growth, transformation, and hope, and it is such an honor to serve as the Acting Executive Director.”

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Rooted in Community Conference 2014

By Julia F., 17, North Hamilton, North Shore Root Crew

Root Crew member Julia
Root Crew member Julia
In mid July, I had the opportunity to represent The Food Project at the Rooted in Community conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This experience was life changing for me. The conference was based around food justice and issues with our food system globally. Youth programs from all across the country came to participate in this conference; there were people from Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Maine, Texas, California and more. At the conference, there were a variety of youth led workshops that revolved around food justice along with field trips out into the community. These field trips allowed the youth to experience the different culture of the area, as well as the different farming techniques. It was eye opening to see farming in such a different climate and terrain.

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#SeedCrew and the Summer So Far!

Seed Crew kicked off on June 30 and we have only two and a half weeks left to go! See the summer's story in pictures below, or check out our #SeedCrew page to hear more from Assistant Crew Leaders Jackson, Jeasebelle, and Debbie.

A big thank you to Boylston Properties and Osprey Foundation for being our first-ever Seed Crew sponsors!

 

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What Do You Like to Eat?

By Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project


The Dudley neighborhood, where The Food Project manages a 2-acre urban farm and a community greenhouse, has just begun an exciting community planning process around its food system. Over the next eight months, the Dudley Real Food Hub – a collaboration between The Food Project, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Alternatives for Community & Environment – will lead a series of activities designed to surface residents’ priorities around food in the neighborhood and then develop action steps based on them.

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